December 8, 2019 ~ 10:30am

Second Sunday of Advent

The People of Peace Church
Maggie Fink, ASL Interpreter
Ellyn Wiens, Lay Leader
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Rev. Kathryn Nelson

Prelude     “Little Wing”

Greeting One Another


Ringing of the Peace Bells and Candles Lit by Acolytes

God is Revealed as We Gather

Song: “Awake! Awake, and Greet the New Morn” (#107, vs 1 & 2)

Lighting the Advent Wreath Candles ~The Candle of Peace   Matt, Carrie, Josie, Grace, and Elsie Ryan

A reading from Luke 1:76–79


*Opening Hymn   “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”   (#116)

Responsive Prayer of Confession

Oh God, you call us to turn our lives around, and work with patience and diligence to prepare the way for your Reign, but we get discouraged and give up too soon.
Holy One, have mercy.
Oh God, you call us to collaborate in community to prepare the way for your Reign, but we neither trust  nor honor the gifts of others.
Christ, have mercy.
Oh God, you call us to be full of joyful confidence to  prepare the way for your Reign, but we burden ourselves with anxiety and fear.
Holy One, have mercy.
(a moment of silent prayer)
Forgive us, O God, and lead us in the ways of  patience, community and joy.

Assurance of Pardon

A Story for All Ages

God is Revealed in the Word

God’s Word in the Prophets: Isaiah 11:1–10

Anthem   “A Tender Shoot”

God’s Word in the Gospel: Matthew 31–12

Sermon    “Stump Sitting and Seeing the Sprigs”

Hymn     “Isaiah the Prophet has Written of Old”   (#108)

We Respond to God’s Presence

Sharing Our Prayer Concerns, Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts) and Choral Amen

Sharing our Offerings

Offertory   “Rainbow Race” by Pete Seeger

*The Thanksgiving     “Doxology”

Praise God from whom all blessings flow
Praise God, all creatures here below
Praise God for all that love has done.
Creator, Christ and Spirit, One.

*Prayer of Dedication

*Closing Hymn   “Who Would Think…”  (#153)


*Postlude   “Long May You Run”